On Thursday, reports confirmed a van plowed into a group of pedestrians in Barcelona, Spain, killing two and injuring dozens.
A white van mowed down people on Las Ramblas, the central thoroughfare through the city that is heavy with tourists, restaurants and shops.
Local police initially described the incident as a "massive crash" and closed nearby train and metro stations.
"All of a sudden I heard a crashing noise, and the whole street just started to run and screaming," an eyewitness said. Some nearby have tweeted out images of the scene:
La policía está desalojando la Rambla en Plaza Catalunya pic.twitter.com/IJEWZbDce1— Jordi Perez Colome (@jordipc) August 17, 2017
La foto en los alrededores de La Rambla: mucha policía de uniforme y de paisano con la pistola en la mano, turistas con el móvil pic.twitter.com/vhBJ787f85— Josep Catà (@jcatafiguls) August 17, 2017
Estampida ahora mismo en El Corte Inglés de Plaza Catalunya en Barcelona pic.twitter.com/72LLRmJjRk— Jordi Perez Colome (@jordipc) August 17, 2017
According to Sky News, as of 9 a.m. EST, two armed men had taken control of a kosher restaurant, taking those inside hostage.
A spokesperson for the Spanish state of Catalan has said this is "most likely" a terrorist attack. The situation is still developing.
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